21 Best Films Of The 21st Century By Genre

The best of every category so far...

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The 21st century has definitely been a game changer for the cinematic world. The rise of streaming services such as Netflix altered the film landscape forever. Whether this has been a positive or negative, is in the eye of the beholder.

But for whatever changes occur in the way films are now distributed and consumed, the important thing is ensuring that products from our favourite genres keep getting made. While the likes of Science Fiction and War films are often held in high regard critically, this does not mean that the 'lesser' genres of Romance and Comic Book films can't be celebrated as well.

This list is designed to celebrate those products that have excelled in the execution of specific genres, utilising the tropes that make us love the genre in the first place. By no means is this list an outline of each genre and sub-genre used in film, but we have aimed to address the 'big ones'.

So sit back for a trip down recent memory lane for a list of the best films from the 21st Century for each genre.


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